As a center for non-fiction storytelling, NW Documentary seeks to encourage and foster documentary storytellers. The success of a creative, thriving environment is based on a variety of artists of different experience levels, working under one roof. The center is a place where upcoming storytellers gain inspiration, insight, and encouragement from experienced and established professionals. Likewise, active professionals benefit from a lively community consisting of support, creative exchange, and resources that would not be available to them as solo artists working from their homes. In addition to our regular workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities, NW Documentary offers the Artist-in-Residence program to fulfill this need.

Qualifications: The Artist-in-Residence is an opportunity for non-fiction storytellers who have demonstrated a passion and commitment to their craft, an original artistic vision, and a desire to develop their work within a creative community. The term “non-fiction storytellers” is not exclusive to a single documentary medium, but may include: film/video, audio, photography, literary non-fiction, multi-media or other.

Selection Process: Submit letter of inquiry, letter of recommendation, and work sample to our Artistic Director. Candidates will be evaluated by the quality demonstrated by their work sample and their dedication to their work.

Current Artists-in-Residence

Cornelius Swart – Priced Out 

Cornelius Swart came to NW Doc to complete post-production on his feature-length film Priced Out, a follow-up documentary to a 2003 film about gentrification in African American neighborhoods of Portland. Swart co-produced the first film, “Northeast Passage,” with Spencer Wolf. Since then Swart has established himself as a reporter with a deep knowledge of the community. He published a community newspaper and hyperlocal website that covered St. Johns, North, and Northeast Portland, called the “The Portland Sentinel,” for five years. Since then he has worked on staff at the state’s largest newspaper, The Oregonian, the state’s largest television station, KGW NewsChannel 8, and as Director of Content during the startup of the web-based news platform

Jonathan Boone – Café Por Rivense

Jonathan is in production for a doc project following the lives of a unique Costa Rican coffee farming family and their quest to cultivate their beans. It profiles their direct trade relationships with roasters here in the US and the coffee growing reputation of their small town. Boone studied at University of California – Irvine, establishing a video production program with the Intercollegiate Athletics department; and has since worked for the UCI Sustainability Initiative, the Big West Athletic Conference, and as a freelance photo/videographer.

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